Choreographer Meghan Abadoo Inspired by Octavia Butler

This June, Meghan Abadoo performs an evening of multi-genre dance inspired by the narratives of female activists from the African Diaspora.

About the Work
In Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home, Meghan Abadoo crafts an immersive, site-based dance work inspired by the prophetic envisioning of racial justice activists: science fiction author Octavia Butler and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. Abadoo draws from her background in Contemporary, West African and Funk dance genres to explore storytelling from the perspectives of women of the African Diaspora.

The evening-length ensemble work borrows a portion of its title from Octavia’s Brood, a collection of “short stories for social justice movements,” co-edited by Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown. Similar to Imarisha and Brown’s anthology, Abadoo uses nonlinear science fiction narrative to imagine more socially just realities, brought to life through dance theater.

About the Artist

Meghan Abadoo is a choreographer, writer, teacher and cultural worker. Combining contemporary and classical Modern, neo-traditional West African and African American Funk dance styles, her choreographies build platforms for shared dialogue in support of transformative social movements. In 2017, she will premiere a new work commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Local Dance Commissioning Project and join the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as an inaugural Visiting Arts Fellow in the Racial Equity, Arts and Culture Transdisciplinary Core at the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation.

As a 2016-2017 US Fulbright Fellow, she recently conducted eight months of creative research at the Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa, Ghana and with the National Dance Company of Ghana. Prior to this period, she performed for over a decade with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, Urban Bush Women, David Dorfman Dance and Dance Exchange. She is also a 2017 “40 Under 40” awardee by Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund for her leadership and achievement in the arts.WHAT: Meghan Abadoo

WHEN: Friday, June 16 at 8pm; Saturday, June 17 at 8pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland-CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking 

TICKETS: $30 Admission; $25 Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists); $15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)
Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend: $25 Advanced Sales Admission; $20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

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